Thurles Garda Vetting Unit – Five Additional Staff

Five additional members of staff are to be recruited to the Thurles Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) to manage approximately 65,000 vetting applications currently awaiting processing.

The average processing time for vetting applications received at the GCVU is in the region of 10 to 12 weeks, given that demand is particularly high at present.

The GCVU has managed a substantial increase over recent years in the numbers of vetting applications it has receives; 187,864 in 2007, 218,404 in 2008 and 246,194 in 2009.

The GCVU provides employment vetting for a large number of organisations in Ireland, which employ persons in a full-time, part-time, voluntary or training capacity to positions where they would have substantial, unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults.

An additional five persons were recently assigned to the Vetting Unit, bringing the total to 83 personnel currently assigned there, including six Gardaí and 77 Garda civilian personnel.  The further five additional personnel are being recruited on a temporary basis and it is intended that these persons will commence work shortly.

Overall, this represents a very significant increase in the level of personnel assigned to the unit, which stood at only 13 before current system of Garda vetting began in 2005.

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11 comments to Thurles Garda Vetting Unit – Five Additional Staff

  • Kristal

    Please just wondering how much longer I have to wait for my application I applied in August and I really need to start work, please could you get back to me regarding this. Thank you.

  • Emma


    My name is Emma and I was looking for a job in the Garda Vetting Unit in Thurles. I was informed that I would have to register with I have done so, two months ago but I am still waiting for a reply from them.

    I was wondering is there any application forms available to me for the Vetting Unit in Thurles, so that I can apply that was as I am anxious to start work. I am currently doing a FETAC Level 6 course in Business Administration, and I’m due to finish this in May.
    I would be grateful of you could help me by replying to my e-mail.
    Kind regards

  • Hi Emma,
    No Application Forms I am afraid. But if you have registered your profile at you will receive an e-mail job alert, inviting you to apply for any available posts.

  • Kay

    Hi, I work for a catering company and my boss has asked me to get Gardai Vetting forms, I have tried to find on the Internet but have failed. Could you advise me what is next best option.

  • Hi Kay:
    You can contact the Garda Vetting Unit at:- Garda Central Vetting Unit/Garda Criminal Records Office Racecourse Road Thurles Co. Tipperary
    Tel: Lo-Call 1890 488 488

  • Tony

    The people working in the vetting unit are useless, waiting months for it to be done, too busy going home drinking tea and driving around town. Costing me money because I can’t start until its done. Wasters.

  • Stephen Carter

    I am waiting for my Garda clearance for wedding in Mauritius
    This is urgent as my visa is running out – first time I apply it was wrong form.
    It’s over 6 weeks now.
    Can you check it for me?

  • George Willoughby

    Hi Stephen,
    I regret we have no influence here due to personal data issues. However we suggest that you contact them directly explaining your situation Tel: Lo-Call 1890 488 488. Enjoy your trip.

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